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Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal is a book released by Three Rivers Press. It is authored by Andrew Shaffer. However, like Tobin's Spirit Guide it has author credits of Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates, characters from the Ghostbusters 2016 film. It is listed having 224 pages.

DescriptionEdit

As seen in the upcoming Sony Pictures 2016 film Ghostbusters, the ultimate guide to identifying, understanding, and engaging with any paranormal activity that plagues you Years before they made headlines with the Ghostbusters, Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates, published the groundbreaking study of the paranormal, Ghosts from Our Past. This criminally underappreciated book is now back in print, revised and somewhat updated for the new century. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, you’ll find the information you’re seeking right here in this extraordinary book, including: · The frightening childhood experiences that inspired Erin and Abby’s lifelong passion for the paranormal; · The history and science behind ghosts and other supernatural entities; · An illustrated guide to Class I through Class VII ghosts; · Helpful sidebars like Is It a Ghost? A Handy Quiz, Ectoplasm Cleanup Tips, and more. With this official Ghostbusters guide in hand, you’ll be prepared for almost any spirit, spook, or spectre that comes your way. For the rest, you know who to call.

VersionsEdit

  • Paperback
    • Available: United States of America and Canada
    • MSRP $15
  • Hardcover
    • Available: United Kingdom
      • RRP £9.99
    • Available: Australia and New Zealand
      • RRP $30
  • Ebook
    • Available: United States of America and Canada
    • MSRP $9.99
  • Downloadable Audiobook (329 Minutes)
    • Available: United States of America
    • MSRP $15

DevelopmentEdit

On March 5, 2016, Andrew Shaffer hinted the history of the Rhine Research Center, a parapsychology research unit founded by Joseph Banks Rhine, will be explored in the book. [2]

On March 10, 2016, it was revealed there will be chapters from Jillian Holtzmann and Patty Tolan, too. And maybe Kevin Beckman. [3]

On March 13, 2016, Andrew Shaffer revealed he turned in copy edits last week. [4]

On March 25, 2016, it was announced a hardcover edition will be released in the United Kingdom through Ebury Publishing. [5]

On June 9, 2016, Andrew Shaffer revealed the copies seen in the movie are prop books because he was working on the book simultaneous to filming. Some of the chapter titles do sync up but Shaffer was not sure if they'll make it into the final cut of the movie. [6]

On June 10, 2016, an old card catalog from the New York City Public Library of "Ghosts from Our Past" was teased showing it was published in 1994. 109452 (2) and 109679 (3) were destroyed but not 109434. A synopsis reads, "A Glimpse into the Unknown: A Journey into a Portal; Catching Sight of the Other Dimension: Discovering the Undiscoverable: A Curiosity Piqued and Peaked." [7] The Windy City Ghostbusters showed off an advance copy of "Ghosts From Our Past" and other Ghostbusters merchandise on Fox 32 Chicago TV. [8]

On July 1, 2016, Andrew Shaffer confirmed he was given early drafts of the movie's script like the writers of the two novelizations. He was given leeway but did he did get notes from Paul Feig and Katie Dippold on drafts of Ghosts from Our Past. Shaffer starting writing last summer, a month before filming started, and drafts were passed back and forth between Sony, Dippold and Feig, and Ghost Corps. Final edits wrapped up in Spring 2016. Shaffer admits half the work that went into the book was in the research into the paranormal and advanced physics and then finding a halfway believable way of connecting the two. [9] [10]

On July 4, 2016, an excerpt from the Audiobook, featuring Erin's childhood experience with a ghost, was released. [11]

On July 17, 2016, an extended excerpt was released. It included Martin Heiss' forward. [12]

On July 18, 2016, it was confirmed the "original" cover seen in the movie will be available online at some point for fans to download. [13]

Behind the ScenesEdit

For the longest time, Andrew Shaffer wanted to write a version of Tobin's Spirit Guide. After writing a Sharknado tie-in book for Penguin Random House, Shaffer was asked if there was anything else he wanted to write. He immediately mentioned Tobin's Spirit Guide but his editor turned him down citing Ghostbusters was a dead franchise and the 30th anniversary had already passed. About a year later, Shaffer got a call from his editor about doing a Ghostbusters tie-in. Shaffer was informed someone else was working on a Tobin's Spirit Guide and the movie was a reboot. [14] [15] Shaffer got a draft of the screenplay and mocked up a proposal. It was greenlit and Shaffer was asked to write some example sections. He wrote some chapters and sent them. A couple weeks later, Shaffer got notes from Paul Feig and Katie Dippold explaining what "Ghosts From Our Past" was about and how it differed from Tobin's Spirit Guide. Shaffer looked at stacks of books on the paranormal and science in an attempt to find a plausible way to bridge them together for the book. [16] [17] He also had to expand a page or so about Erin and Abby's childhood into under 100 pages. [18] At first, he was told Leslie Jones was playing Abby and Melissa McCarthy was playing Patty. He didn't get the memo they switched roles until later. [19] [20]

Also SeeEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Andrew Shaffer threw in some nods to Feig's childhood in Michigan to pander to but Shaffer got notes back on what details he got wrong. [21]
  • The section about Abby's time in the woods was much longer but it went to 'weird places' and was edited down. [22]
  • For Abby and Erin's college years, Shaffer threw in some of his experiences like a professor who threw his $200 textbook away after flipping through it. [23]
  • Originally, Shaffer wanted to include a lot of references to the animated series but he ended stripping them out so the book could stand on its own. [24]
  • The history section was inspired by the format of "A History of Ghosts" by Dan Aykroyd's father. [25]
  • On page 19 of Ghostbusters International #8, in panel 1, on the right of Ray Stantz's first word balloon is a copy of Ghosts From Our Past.

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal page on Amazon retrieved 01/10/16
  2. andrewtshaffer Tweet 3/5/16
  3. Ghosts From Our Past Facebook 3/10/16
  4. Ghosts From Our Past Facebook 3/13/16
  5. Ghosts From Our Past Facebook 3/25/16
  6. Ghosts From Out Past Facebook Andrew Shaffer reply 6/9/16
  7. Ghosts From Our Past Facebook 6/10/16
  8. Ghosts From Our Past Facebook 6/10/16
  9. Andrew Shaffer reply #1 reddit "WTF: The Ghostbusters 2016 novelization and the in-movie tie-in book "Ghosts from Our Past" have different continuities" 7/1/16
  10. Andrew Shaffer reply #2 reddit "WTF: The Ghostbusters 2016 novelization and the in-movie tie-in book "Ghosts from Our Past" have different continuities" 7/1/16
  11. Ghosts from Our Past Facebook 7/4/16
  12. Ghosts from Our Past Facebook 7/17/16
  13. Ghosts From Our Past Facebook reply 7/18/16
  14. The Crossrip Podcast 6/26/16 "#227 - Andrew Shaffer/"Ghosts From Our Past" and Erik Burnham "Tobin's Spirit Guide" - June 27, 2016" 1:23:26-1:24:10 Andrew Shaffer says: "Tobin's Spirit Guide. I mean, one of the first books I remember having as a kid was the Ghostbusters Training Manual and I just adored that thing even though it was like 20 pages long and it was just basically a sticker book. It was something that I just adored and I, you know, over the years, I was like, 'Why isn't there never something like this for older readers?' I never really grew out of that book. There was nothing else. You could hit the role playing game but uh I don't have enough friends that aren't into playing this role playing game with."
  15. The Crossrip Podcast 6/26/16 "#227 - Andrew Shaffer/"Ghosts From Our Past" and Erik Burnham "Tobin's Spirit Guide" - June 27, 2016" 1:24:18-1:25:54 Andrew Shaffer says: "So that was my first idea and that was a long gestating idea. I was like, 'If I ever get a chance to do something, I was like we need to bring this to life. We need to bring this to life.' And I wrote a book, How to Survive a Sharknado made for Penguin Random House and it was about how to survive a Sharknado and 39 other--other Sy Fi Channel movie monsters and it was actually an in-world book that appeared onscreen in Sharknado 2. It was written by Tara Reid's character, April Wexler. So I was like I had a little bit of experience doing a tie-in in-world book and my editor at Penguin Random House asked if there was anything else you to work on and I said Ghostbusters. He said well, Ghostbusters is dead. Y'know, it's a dead franchise. You probably heard this a million times before but you know without a new movie, without an anniversary date - we just passed the anniversary date 30 years without any of this stuff coming out it's dead and then about a year later he gives me a call and says, 'Hey, they're actually doing this uh new movie, are you interested?' I was absolutely. I want to do Tobin's Spirit Guide. Let's do it. And then it was like well, someone else is actually doing Tobin's Spirit Guide and the new movie's reboot. And so immediately, I go uhhh..."
  16. The Crossrip Podcast 6/26/16 "#227 - Andrew Shaffer/"Ghosts From Our Past" and Erik Burnham "Tobin's Spirit Guide" - June 27, 2016" 1:28:02-1:29:26 Andrew Shaffer says: "Just the screenplay at first and then I did a sort of mock up of, y'know, proposal of what I would do with this, what I would do with this book and sent it in. He said great let's do this and just write some more examples. A couple sample chapters and then as soon as I turned in those sample chapters and the rest of the proposal, we got notes a couple weeks later back from Paul Feig and Katie Dippold and here's what we--the direction--we want to go in but uh we need to change -- my idea at first was to do more along the lines of a Tobin's Spirit Guide and they're like 'No, this is what the book is in the world and they're not really paranormal investigators, start off as scientists' So it took a little bit of a different angle my take was so they were like okay, 'Let's work this back up. And really work the science and physics theme throughout the book. So it really is looking at the, y'know, this new world throught these characters, Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates' eyes. And I really had to get in there."
  17. The Crossrip Podcast 6/26/16 "#227 - Andrew Shaffer/"Ghosts From Our Past" and Erik Burnham "Tobin's Spirit Guide" - June 27, 2016" 1:30:33-1:30:52 Andrew Shaffer says: "So I had two stacks of books on my desk. One was all paranormal books and the other was all science books. And I had to find a way to sort of connect those two words um and y'know without it seems -- it becomes plausible."
  18. The Crossrip Podcast 6/26/16 "#227 - Andrew Shaffer/"Ghosts From Our Past" and Erik Burnham "Tobin's Spirit Guide" - June 27, 2016" 1:29:28-1:29:55 Andrew Shaffer says: "Now like you said, what else was I given? Not much beyond their notes so a lot of that was left to me to fill in the blanks and all I had was the script and I, y'know, was hoping and praying that they didn't -- they do a lot of ad lib on Paul Feig movies -- and if they didn't ad lib something on set, y'know 'When I was a kid'..."
  19. The Crossrip Podcast 6/26/16 "#227 - Andrew Shaffer/"Ghosts From Our Past" and Erik Burnham "Tobin's Spirit Guide" - June 27, 2016" 1:35:15-1:35:31 Andrew Shaffer says: "In the screenplay, there's about -- I don't know -- maybe a page or so about their childhood. We didn't really have a lot on their childhood. 'Could you just expand on that to 80 pages, that'd be great'."
  20. The Crossrip Podcast 6/26/16 "#227 - Andrew Shaffer/"Ghosts From Our Past" and Erik Burnham "Tobin's Spirit Guide" - June 27, 2016" 1:36:00-1:36:28 Andrew Shaffer says: "And actually what had happened was, um, when I originally got the script, I was told Abby Yates would be played by Leslie Jones I believe and Patty Tolan was Melissa McCarthy which is something Paul had alluded to in interviews. And, uh, yeah, apparently I for whatever reason I didn't get the memo they switched up so I was trying to write them in what I imagined the voices and actresses would be."
  21. The Crossrip Podcast 6/26/16 "#227 - Andrew Shaffer/"Ghosts From Our Past" and Erik Burnham "Tobin's Spirit Guide" - June 27, 2016" 1:37:06-1:37:36 Andrew Shaffer says: "I threw in some nods to his childhood experience and then I threw in, well, he's like from Michigan - like Detroit and Battle Creek references... and it was really pandering to my audience at that point. And I got back and he was like, 'This is wrong. This is wrong. Thing is wrong.' I was like, 'I know nothing. I'm sorry. I'm not from Michigan."
  22. The Crossrip Podcast 6/26/16 "#227 - Andrew Shaffer/"Ghosts From Our Past" and Erik Burnham "Tobin's Spirit Guide" - June 27, 2016" 1:58:24-1:58:38 Andrew Shaffer says: "There was an even much longer, extended set longer in the woods scene but it got cut down a bit just because it went to weird places. Um. Yeah."
  23. The Crossrip Podcast 6/26/16 "#227 - Andrew Shaffer/"Ghosts From Our Past" and Erik Burnham "Tobin's Spirit Guide" - June 27, 2016" 1:38:29-1:38:54 Andrew Shaffer says: "And then their college years I sort of I can sort of base this a little bit more on my experiences like there's one little anecdote in there about a sort of really swarmy professor who asks them for the textbook, flips through it then tosses it in the trash. I actually had a professor do that. Like a $200 textbook."
  24. The Crossrip Podcast 6/26/16 "#227 - Andrew Shaffer/"Ghosts From Our Past" and Erik Burnham "Tobin's Spirit Guide" - June 27, 2016" 1:47:55-1:48:11 Andrew Shaffer says: "When I originally started writing it I wanted to throw in as much - do all these nods to the animated series and really stripped most of that out because I really wanted it to stand on its own."
  25. The Crossrip Podcast 6/26/16 "#227 - Andrew Shaffer/"Ghosts From Our Past" and Erik Burnham "Tobin's Spirit Guide" - June 27, 2016" 2:00:05-2:00:18 Andrew Shaffer says: "I did...I did read his father's book and sort of based the structure of this one off that book so again, always be pandering as a writer."


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